Palin, who earlier this year famously called for Rahm Emanuel‘s firing after a second-hand report surfaced that he had used the word retard in a closed-door meeting, and who has spent and inordinate amount of time refudiating the Lower Manhattan mosque on the basis that it is insensitive, is one-hundred percent on Dr. Laura’s side. In fact, she would like Dr. Laura to “reload.” From her twitter feed last night:
Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”)
Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!
It’s unclear what Palin’s motivation was for jumping into the Dr. Laura fray (Toure asks: “What in Dr. Laura’s voice should America be thankful for? That she’s ok w saying nigger & Don’t NAACP me?”). Especially considering the vitriol Dr. Laura spewed at Palin back in 2008 after McCain tapped her as his VP nominee. Via Joan Walsh at Salon who dug this up from Dr. Laura’s blog in Sept 2008:
I’m stunned – couldn’t the Republican Party find one competent female with adult children to run for Vice President with McCain? I realize his advisors probably didn’t want a “mature” woman, as the Democrats keep harping on his age. But really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?
If Palin were the sort of person who submitted herself to interviews outside the safe confines of her paying Fox News gig one might ask her why the Lower Manhattan mosque builders should be expected to give up their First Amendment right to practice religion because it is insensitive to the families of 9/11 victims, but Dr. Laura should be encouraged to reload after using one of the more offensive and disrespectful terms in American History. Alas, one imagines it’s probably not best to hold your breath whilst waiting for Palin to explain or refudiate the hypocrisy.
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